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Louis Aragon
(1897-1982) born on
Oct 03
French poet. One of the founders of French Surrealism, 1924.
Can the knowledge deriving from reason even begin to compare with knowledge perceptible by sense?

The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind . . .
There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.
Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Paris Peasant, "Preface to a Modern Mythology" (first published 1926; repr. 1971).
R: Paris Peasant, "The Passage de l'Opéra " (1926).
A: Paris Peasant, "Preface to a Modern Mythology" (1926).
N: Paris Peasant, "Preface to a Modern Mythology" (1926).
K: Treatise on Style, pt. 1, "The Pen" (1928).

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